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Is the $5 Bill the New $1 Bill?

From Charles Hugh Smith’s Of Two Minds blog: It’s starting to feel like a $5 bill is the new $1 bill: everything that could be purchased with one or two dollars not that long ago is now $5 or even $10. A few days ago I was enjoying the Butte County Fair in California’s farm […]

Years After the Recession, Welfare Rolls Hit New Highs

Charles Hughes New Census data shows that the number of households receiving welfare benefits hit a record high of almost 33.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. While part of the surge was due to the recession, the proportion receiving benefits has increased from 25.2 percent to 27.4 percent since the recession officially ended in June 2009. Show More Summary

The Great Economic Shoe Waiting To Fall: Loss Of Faith In The Cult Of Central Banking - Charles Hugh Smith

``... much of the supposedly godlike power of central banks is participants' faith in their powers to control not just finance but the real world that can be leveraged by finance. Once this belief fades, so will the powers of central banks... "Don't think it won't happen just because it hasn't happened yet."''

Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Market Is?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Have We Forgotten What An Authentic Market Is? Everyone who feels forced to play along plans to exit before the whole rotten structure implodes, but that's not how collapses work. Identifying the erosion of authenticity is intrinsically difficult for two reasons: 1. Show More Summary

Charles Hugh Smith: Here's Why Wages Might Rise Despite Millions of Unemployed Being Available for Work

``... we have a diminishing number of jobs that can be outsourced and a diminishing number of qualified people who can do the work.'' -- We think CHS highlights a number of important issues here, but he does over-emphasize sociological reasons for structural unemployment at the expense of economic ones. Show More Summary

Krauthammer: Obama 'Strategically Clueless'

On Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said the White House is not “near to a correct analysis” on the threat of ISIS. He argued that the idea that ISIS is not a threat because they only operate in the Middle East was “insane,” and could easily pose “a huge threat” to the West. Show More Summary

We Shouldn’t Follow Germany on Minimum Wage

Charles Hughes President Obama included a much discussed proposal to increase the national minimum wage to $10.10, from its current level of $7.25. To date, the proposal has gone nowhere in Congress. In the meantime, some cities and states have introduced or approved increases in their minimum wage rates. Show More Summary

Escaping The Rat-Race

Submitted by Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity, authored by Charles Hugh Smith Escaping the Rat-Race The changing nature of work doesn’t just matter to new graduates seeking their first career-track job—it’s equally important to experienced workers seeking to escape the corporate rat-race or build a new career after a layoff. Show More Summary

Are We Addicted to Failure?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Are We Addicted to Failure? Like all addicts, Central Planners are confident they can manage the monkey on their back. But this is a self-serving illusion. Addiction is many things, but beneath its complexities it is a self-destructive expression of the desire to avoid or suppress pain. Show More Summary

Guest Post: How To Find Shelter From The Coming Storms?

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds A Reader Asks: How to Find Shelter from the Coming Storms? Some basic suggestions for those who are seeking shelter from the coming storms of global financial crisis and recession. Reader...Show More Summary

Medical Licensing in the States: Some Room for Agreement—and Reform

Charles Hughes Even before Obamacare, many states faced the prospect of a doctor shortage due to an aging population and a limited supply of physicians. Obamacare will exacerbate this shortage by expanding insurance coverage to some degree, which will further increase the demand for care. Show More Summary

Medical Licensing in the States: Some Room for Agreement-and Reform

Charles Hughes Even before Obamacare, many states faced the prospect of a doctor shortage due to an aging population and a limited supply of physicians. Obamacare will exacerbate this shortage by expanding insurance coverage to some degree, which will further increase the demand for care. Show More Summary

The Generational Short: Banks, Wall Street, Housing And Luxury Retail Are Doomed

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Generational Short: Banks, Wall Street, Housing And Luxury Retail Are Doomed If Gen-Y cannot afford to buy Boomers' houses at bubble-level prices, then what will keep housing prices...Show More Summary

The Essential Role Of Volatility, Stress And Dissent

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The Essential Role of Volatility, Stress and Dissent The individual or system that never experiences dissent, volatility or stress is systemically unhealthy and increasingly prone to sudden "gosh, I didn't see this coming" collapse. Show More Summary

How Did They Film Quicksilver's Amazing X-Men: Days Of Future Past Scene?

Hugh Jackman is back for his seventh turn as Wolverine. We have two versions of both Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto. And Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence once again dons the blue paint to play the mercenary, Mystique. And yet, the...Show More Summary

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Appears to Have Been Destroyed by Fire

When the London architecture critic Hugh Pearman saw television footage of a fire shooting through one of Scotland’s revered buildings, he issued a desperate tweet: “This can’t happen. We can’t lose Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art. It’s unthinkable.” And yet it is happening: Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s baronial modern masterpiece, completed... More »

Charles Hugh Smith: A Critique of Piketty's Solution to Widening Wealth Inequality

``The real problem with Piketty's taxation/social welfare solution to wealth inequality is that it does nothing to change the source of systemic inequality, debt-based neofeudalism and neocolonialism.''

Meet Crystal Hefner’s Charlie, the Cavalier King Charles Who Rules the Playboy Mansion

Charlie, the lucky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who calls Crystal and Hugh Hefner mom and pop, has full run of the Playboy Mansion -- even on party nights. I recently spoke with Crystal about her beloved Charlie, her lifelong love of...Show More Summary

Why The Periphery Is Crumbling: The Spoils System Is Cracking

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Why the Periphery Is Crumbling: The Spoils System Is Cracking Instability starts on the periphery and moves into the core. While it is clear that the instability in periphery nationsShow More Summary

Ukraine: A Deep State Analysis

Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds Ukraine: A Deep State Analysis Some preliminary thoughts on a complex situation. It doesn't take any special insight into the situation in Ukraine to conclude that no one narrative illuminates all the dynamics. Show More Summary

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